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John Merelies & Ruth Lovett
5 Apr 1837 Saint Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent

Births Mar Qtr 1856
Merrylees Catherine Louisa Greenwich 1d 628

MERRYLEES Catherine 20 Toowoomba 22 Dec 1875 IMM/115 1051 Z1958 M1698
MERRYLEES Mary 22 Toowoomba 22 Dec 1875 IMM/115 1051 Z1958 M1698

I'd like a look up please for the family in 1841 and 1851 and for Catherine and Mary in 1861 and 1871.


John and Ruth are at Royal Artillery Barracks in 1841
John Merrilees 25 Gunner and driver N S
Ruth Merrilees 20 wife of N E
William Merrilees 3 son of N

493 8/17 6 Greenwich, Kent

so back to Scotland, Dave!
Is this John?


Last name: MERRYLEES

Calculated year of birth: 1816

Parish of birth: Pencaithland

Town of birth: Haddington

County of birth: Haddingtonshire (East Lothian)

Age at attestation: 18 years 6 months

Discharge date:24 May 1834

Attestation corps:

Attestation soldier number:

Discharge rank: Gunner & Driver

Discharge corps: Royal Artillery

Discharge soldier number: 2094

The National Archives reference: WO97
Thanks Barbara.

I dunno. :)

Apart from the birth reg in 1856 for Catherine I have nothing pre 1875 arrival of the sisters.
His army record says he was in Canada for 6 years so think Ruth went with him.
Having trouble finding him in other census and this could be why.


MERRYLEES, John Head M 56 1815 Eddington Pencatland VIEW
MERRYLEES, Samuel Son M 25 1846 Canada VIEW
MERRYLEES, Mary J Daughter F 17 1854 Ireland VIEW
MERRYLEES, Sarah A Daughter-In-Law F 29 1842 Ireland VIEW



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Registration District: Woolwich

Civil Parish: Plumstead

Municipal Borough:

Address: Burrage Rd, Plumstead

County: London, Kent
Thanks Barbara.

A tree has this:

Birth 1815 Easter Pencaitland, East Lothian

Deaths Jun 1889
Merrylees John 73 Woolwich 1d 616

Ruth must have died:

RG11 Piece 750 Folio 68 Page 23
Name: John Merrylees
Age (Original): 64
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1817
Birthplace: Scotland
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Chelsea Pensioner Blacksmith
Address: 6 St James Place
Event Place: Plumstead, Kent, England
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head John Merrylees M 64 Scotland
Wife Louisa Merrylees F 55 Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Daughter Catherine Louisa Lewis F 23 London Poplar, London, Middlesex

Catherine Louisa married in Queensland on 15 Jul 1876 ???

1876/C0757 Truscott John James - Merrylees Catherine Louisa

What have I missed?
The 71 wasn't transcribed very well, John is a lab at ironworks and Samuel is a soldier born Montreal. Mary was born at Ashlone or Athlone in Ireland
If you want his army record, let me know. He was a blacksmith to trade before the army.


Yes, thanks Barbara. Email then please.

That must be a step-daughter born Poplar.

Marriages Sep Qtr 1873
LEWIS Louisa Woolwich 1d 1290
MERRYLESS John Woolwich 1d 1290
Catherine 71

NEWNAM, Sarah Head F 64 1807 Middlesex VIEW
PEMBREY, Robert Boarder Lodger M 35 1836 Flintshire VIEW
PEMBREY, Sarah Sharpe Boarder Lodger F 35 1836 Kent VIEW
PEMBREY, Ada Elizabeth Daughter F 8 1863 Kent VIEW
MERRYLESS, Catherine Servant F 16 1855 Kent VIEW



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Registration District: Woolwich

Civil Parish: Plumstead

Municipal Borough:

Address: Herbert Road Clifton Villa, Plumstead

County: London, Kent
That's curious. One tree has Ruth's death in Greenwich in 1882.

Another tree has Ruth's maiden name as JARRETT and no death.
1861 would tie it all up and he was out the army by then but can't find any of them in the census so they maybe stayed in Ireland for a while?
Sarah Ann Merrilees
Spouse Name:
Samuel Merrylees
Record Type:
21 Mar 1869
Poplar All Saints
Tower Hamlets
Father Name:
Thomas Boulter

Spouse Father:
John Merrylees

A Louisa March was another witness. Sarah was a widow.
Think there are a few more children to find. This was maybe a brother and when he died she married Samuel?

Thomas William Merrilees
Spouse Name: Sarah Ann Boulter
Record Type: Marriage
Event Date: 4 Feb 1868
Parish: Woolwich St Mary Magdalene
Borough: Greenwich
Father Name: John Merrilees
Spouse Father: Thomas Boulter

Thomas M was also a gunner
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Thanks Barbara.

Looks like it. One tree agrees that Sarah Ann married brothers.

One tree has Ruth born 1818 Cambria. If that is Cumbria I still can't find a birth/baptism.
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Samuel Death: Bayonet Wound 1883 Fort Manoel, Malta

I've tried 1818 +/- 2 Cumberland/Westmorland/Lancashire and no baptism for Ruth.

Time I got some sleep. :)
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